Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dan Burn-Forti's Animal Obsession

Photographer Dan Burn-Forti has a way with animals. Our office has never quite seen anyone photograph a dog or a chicken in such an interesting and humorous way before. What made him start photographing animals, and how did he find his inner animal-whisperer?

It all began a few years ago when Esquire Magazine (UK) asked Burn-Forti to shoot a series of the fastest, largest, and most award winning animals for a piece titled "Pedigree Chums". He hadn't really shot animals in particular before, but he instantly grew fond of it. He began shooting more animal pieces here and there- cats for the UK Observer, pigs for the Independent.

Dan Burn-Forti got a big gray Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer named Billy six years ago (she sadly passed away last year). She had a ridiculous face and a natural poise for the camera. Burn-Forti began photographing her more and more and included her in fashion stories for Quarterly and Esquire magazines and was even the face for a Hills pet food campaign. The photographs of Billy seemed to elicit great joy and inspiration from people, and they began considering Burn-Forti more and more as an "animal photographer".

As with any photo shoot, both models and animals can be difficult and things can always go wrong. I asked Burn-Forti if anything has ever gone drastically wrong on any of his animal shoots. He replied, "I must admit that most of the animal shoots I've done have gone pretty smoothly, with not too many disasters. However, I was shooting a campaign for the Dogs Trust last year and an over enthusiastic bulldog ran headfirst into a 6 foot mirror which fell over and smashed. Luckily the pooch was unharmed, although he will now have to suffer the 7 years bad luck. I’m not sure how long that’ll be in dog years though…."

Stefan Beckman for DIFFA and Coca-Cola

Set Designer Stefan Beckman created a look sponsored by Coca-Cola for the Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) benefit on Monday, March 21. The entire setting including the plates and light fixtures were made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles. Check out these pictures from who featured Beckman's design as their "Image of the Day" yesterday!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Exposure's New York Fashion Week Roundup: FW 2011 Edition

Our stylists were very busy this season working on some very exciting shows for fashion week back in February. Here are some highlights:

Set Designer Stefan Beckman transformed Looks Space to look like a posh (pun intended) and swanky mansion to compliment designer Victoria Beckham's collection. Here are some pictures of the raw space before and the transformed space after.

Stylist George Cortina worked on two shows this season. Bill Blass was filled with feminine conservative separates.

This was the second season George styled for Halston, and it did not disappoint. The collection had edgy pieces and feminine flowy dresses.

Hairstylist Odile Gilbert worked on 9 shows this season. Favorites included Olivier Theysken's collection for Theory sponsored by Kerastase. The hair was sleek and pulled back with long pin-straight extensions added to the front.

Odile and Aveda paired again with Rodarte to create another very romantic hairstyle for the collection. Nobody can create a faux-bang like Odile can!

Standing out this season was the hair for Thakoon. Gilbert and Kerastase created edgy updos with cut-up knit hats and scarves.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Teresa Pemberton Works on Music Video in Nashville

Exposure’s makeup artist, Teresa Pemberton worked with director Carl Byrd and Creative Director Eric Kosse this February in Nashville, Tennessee to film a music video for up-and-comer country musician Buick Audra.

The shoot for Buick's single "True Story" was filmed in an amazing old house that has been used previously in shoots for Loretta Lynn and recently Jack White.

Teresa captured some amazing behind-the-scenes shots while on location in the house as well as Buick Audra in an old Buick.

For more information on Buick Audra and to hear her beautiful music, visit her website at

Teresa's reflection in the Buick

Buick on set

Buick in the Buick!

The house

More of the house

Engineer Eric McConnell

Creative Director Eric Kosse and Buick Audra

Buick in the house

Buick in action

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fashionista's Best Editorials of 2010

Vogue Nippon's "The Untold Crime" from August 2010, photographed by Terry Richardson and styled by Exposure's George Cortina, was chosen by Fashionista as one of the best editorials of the year!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


CONGRATS to Heather Miller, winner of our LeBook Connections LA iPad giveaway!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2011 Limited Edition Maybelline Calendar by Kenneth Willardt

Another year, another Limited Edition Maybelline Calendar! Last year I posted about how the iconic images of the Maybelline products served as inspiration for photographer Kenneth Willardt. This year, the crew went above and beyond and came up with a truly fun concept. The calendar, once taken apart, fits together like a dollshouse puzzle. Each month is a peek into the life and home of a Maybelline woman, whether it be a powerful Mom or a party girl. The shots are beautiful, fun, vibrant, and respresent strong and independent women.

Since they are limited edition, not everyone is lucky enough to see all the pictures. I've posted each month below in chronological order. And don't miss the behind the scenes video at the very end!